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Updated In October 19 2016
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Foundation Rural Energy Services (FRES)

Based in: The Netherlands

Type of Organization

International NGO

Operating In

West Africa, Central Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa

Countries of Operation

Mali, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Guinea-Bissau

Types of Work

  • Project Development
  • Manage Energy Programs
  • Integrate Install or Maintain Energy Systems

Energy Products or Services Offered

  • Solar PV Institution Level
  • Mini-Micro Grids

Company Profile

  • Years in Business


  • Full Time Employees


  • Woman Leadership


  • Active Financing Round


Revenue & Expenses

  • 2014-2015 Revenue

    US$ 6.880.000

  • 2014-2015 Expenses

    US$ 4.192.000

Funding needs over the next 12-24 months

Further details about funding needs

Primarily seeking capital grants and \'soft\' debt - utilised in a local FRES company’s start-up phase to support initial investments in solar hardware and provide relief from early stage debt repayment obligations. All future costs i.e. operational costs and replacement costs, should be recovered by the local company through the monthly service fees (revenues).

Involved in Mini-Grids: Yes

Role in relation to mini-/micro-grids

  • Ownership
  • Investor
  • Project Development
  • Procurement or Import of Materials
  • Construction Installation or Commissioning
  • Operation and Maintenance

Structure of ownership used in commercial mini-/micro-grid operation

  • Development Company

Mini-grids: Projected Funding Needs

Generation technologies implemented in mini-grids

  • Solar PV lanterns
  • Diesel
  • PV/diesel hybrid

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